1921 Benz-Mercedes Rabbit-the-First visits Jay Leno’s Garage

The Mercedes-Benz name we know today was established in 1926. Before this date, Mercedes and Benz were separate brands, and that’s how this Benz-Mercedes Rabbit-the-First became to be.

Owned by Jay Leno and featured on a recent episode of his online series “Jay Leno’s Garage,” the car was built in 1921 with the purpose of racing, using a Benz engine originally developed for an aeroplane and an old Mercedes chassis.

Leno describes this Benz-Mercedes Rabbit-the-First as a “low-flying aircraft.” It’s based on a 1908 Mercedes chassis, stuffed with a 1914 Benz 230-horsepower aero engine salvaged from a crashed World War I plane. The car is chain driven, and uses a period Mercedes transmission with a modern clutch.

At the turn of the century, airplane engines were like bigger, more powerful versions of car engines, so swaps like this were fairly common, Leno noted. The engine was indeed pretty advanced for

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Alfa Romeo Giulietta: History, Generations, Specifications

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Essential History

Prior to World War II, Alfa Romeo was a low-volume manufacturer focused on motorsports and technically advanced, stylishly coach-built cars for the wealthy. Following the war, with Italy and the majority of Europe’s economy floundering, Alfa Romeo began producing volume production cars with smaller yet still advanced engines that could sell for lower cost to more people. The Alfa 1900 was the first of these new cars, but the Giulietta was a larger sales success, and greatly solidified Alfa Romeo’s new ethos.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta: Body Styles, Engines

The Giulietta was produced primarily in “Sprint” two-door coupe, “Berlina” four-door sedan, and “Spider” two-door convertible forms. The Sprint arrived first with Bertone styling in 1954, with the Berlina and Pinin Farina (then two words) -styled Spider arriving months apart in 1955. Each Giulietta featured monocoque construction, drum brakes all around, independent control-arm front suspension, and a

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